Laundrette Visitors Book

Brighton and Hove, citywide project, 2011

As part of my ongoing work investigating the public and social spaces of the city, this project aims to uncover a little bit more about the social significance of the laundrette in the local community whilst prying into the laundry habits of the regulars. The visitors book takes up residence in the city’s laundrette establishments for a few weeks at a time. It prompts users of the laundrette to reflect on their experience of the space. Brighton and Hove has one of the largest private rented sectors in the country, comprised of 28,000 homes – almost a quarter of the entire city’s housing [1]. A large proportion of these homes come without washing machines so it’s no surprise our Laundrettes are busy and well used places.

Ear Drum

Bouffant Collective present LAUNDRY, Nuit Blanche White Night, Brighton and Hove, 29th October 2011

As part of Nuit Blanche White Night, Brighton and Hove’s annual city wide all-night arts festival, findings of the visitors book so far were showcased in an audio installation inside a washing machine. The piece, titled Ear Drum, was exhibited at LAUNDRY, an evening of live music and art in one of the cities’ dearly loved laundrettes on St James’s St, Kemptown. The evening was curated by Bouffant Collective. Watch this short showreel for an excerpt of Ear Drum.

[1] Housing Strategy 2009-2014: healthy homes, healthy lives, healthy city, Brighton and Hove City Council, 2009